Sierpe del Pacifico

Sunrise over the river from Sierpe del Pacifico
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Surrounding Yourself With What is Important to You.  
Dear Friend of SDP - It is now the dry season in Costa Rica and change is in the air.  There has been no rain for about a month now and the trend will continue into spring.  The dry season is a beautiful time to be in Costa Rica, with its clear skies and days filled with sunshine and warmth. 
The dry season marks not just a change in weather, but also a change in tourism - the lifeblood of the Sierpe community and number one contributor to Costa Rican GDP.  After a slowdown in 2009, I'm happy to say that tourism has returned to its 2008 levels.  Hotels and restaurants are once again full, and tour boats connect happy visitors with the adventure and natural beauty they came to Costa Rica is truly a time of smiles here. 
Among these smiling faces you have your first timers, repeat visitors, and your lifers.  I first came to Costa Rica as a visitor 3 years ago and returned on a more permanent basis for work a year after that.  I now consider Costa Rica another home and a central part of my life.  In Costa Rica I am able to surround myself with what is important to me.  Mornings waking to the sounds of the howler monkeys, days spent walking the beaches or fishing the waters of the Pacific, and evenings watching the flight of white ibis across the sunset with friends and family are deeply meaningful to me.  They relax, reconnect, and rejuvenate my mind.  These are experiences that I always remember, and will always look forward to.  Despite only being 28 and wanting children, but not seeing them in my immediate future, I do look forward to the day that I can teach them to recognize the call of a toucan and predict tomorrow's tides from the wholeness of the present night's moon.  I hope that they will do the same with their children.  These things are important to me and I expect that they will be important to them as well.
With that I encourage any of you who think that Costa Rica may be able to surround you, your friends, and your family with the things that are important to you, to make the time to visit.  At the very least you'll have a nice vacation.  But, if it feels particularly right, it might just become your home away from home.
Pura Vida - Cassidy
For more information on how to plan a trip to Costa Rica see the article "Come See Costa Rica...We've Made it Easy For You" below in this newsletter.
December/January Fishing Report
December 31st 
Proud new owner of SDP lot #12 Chris Robbins and his daughter Tara joined Guillermo and I on the water for the last fishing day of 2009.  Since Chris and Tara traveled all the way from Anchorage, Alaska for a little fun in the sun, I felt some added pressure to show them a great day on the water.  The first and only stop on the day was the Diablo Reef for some speed jigging.  Like it always does, Diablo delivered.  In a mere hour of fishing we pulled in a variety of red snapper, jacks and rainbow runners.  This was just a little taste of what the ocean has to offer here...fortunately for Chris and Tara, they'll be able to trade the cold fishless winters of Alaska with the fun, sun and saltwater of Costa Rica whenever they want.
Jack caught vertical jigging mullet snapper caught jigging 
January 3rd 
Sunday is my one day off a week in Costa Rica.   About 90% of the time it gets completely devoted to my love of fishing.  I guess you could call it bad luck for me then that our boat was in the shop for some routine maintenance this day.   Fortunately I have a lot of friends in Sierpe who like to fish as well.  With that, Jim and Trevor Cameron - both from my home town of Hayward, Wisconsin - invited me along in Jim's boat for an afternoon of fishing near Cano Island.  Vertical jigging at the Diablo reef was again the name of the game, and it was on like gangbusters.  In a mere few hours of fishing we caught several amberjack up to 70 lbs., a few red snapper, some jacks, and a roosterfish.  Roosterfish are quite common in Costa Rica, but to catch one in this deep of water on a jig was a rare event.
Amberjack caught vertical jigging roosterfish on vertical jig big amberjack caught jigging
November 21st
With my last full day in Costa Rica falling on another Sunday and our boat out of the shop and ready to go, I was primed to finally get out and spend an entire day on the water.  Joining me were SDP builder Marc Leroux and local fishing master Captain Deidy Chavarria.  Our plan this day was to explore some rock formations about 30 miles south of the river mouth that looked promising on the Google Earth map.  We found a great new spot for topwater fishing and ended up with a mixed bag of Roosterfish, bluefin trevally, rainbow runners, dorado, amberjack, and a tripletail.  The highlights of the day were my tripletail caught on a fly rod and Marc and Deidy hooking and landing big roosterfish at the same time.  Deidy's was a world class fish that we estimated at nearly 80 lbs.  Both roosterfish were caught on topwater poppers and made large, explosive strikes.  It was a great day to be fishing in Costa Rica!
Marc with a nice roosterfish marc dorado tripletail on a fly rod
80 pound roosterfish Blu Trevally on a popper Cruising back to Sierpe
Visitors to the SDP model home 

Come See Costa Rica...We've made it Very easy For You!!!


After careful planning we are proud to present our "See Costa Rica" plan.  This plan consists of a four day itinerary (international travel time included) that best showcases the adventure activities and natural beauty available directly from  Sierpe del Pacifico.  In addition to the main itinerary we've provided several one, two, or three day add-ons for those wishing to experience a wider breadth of what the Sierpe area and Osa Peninsula have to offer.  Complimentary with all visits is a one or two night stay at the SDP model home, a river and jungle tour, and for pre-qualified buyers, a day's tour on the ocean aboard "La Carlita".  Furthermore, anyone making an offer to purchase will receive a "fly and buy" reimbursement of up to $1000 for the price of their international flight at closing.  For more details or to schedule your visit please email Cassidy at


See Costa Rica Program

Day 1 - After your evening arrival into San Jose you'll overnight at the Adventure Inn hotel near the airport.  For those arriving earlier in the day, same day bus or shuttle transport to Sierpe is available.


Day 2 - You'll enjoy breakfast at the hotel before boarding the 30 minute flight from San Jose to Palmar Sur at 9:30 a.m.  After the 10 minute drive from Palmar Sur to Sierpe we'll acquaint you with the town of Sierpe, stock up on provisions for the following days at the SDP model home, and grab lunch at one of Sierpe's riverside restaurants before departing from our in-town office and dock facilities to the Sierpe del Pacifico property.  Upon arrival we'll get you situated at the model home before touring the property, hiking or mountain biking the jungle, and kayaking the river.   Finally, we'll join you for a sunset cocktail at SDP before leaving you to enjoy the remainder of your evening. 


For fishing enthusiasts a flight directly to Drake Bay from San Jose is available as well.  "La Carlita" will meet you at the Drake airstrip for a half days deep sea fishing before returning to the SDP model home in the evening.


Day 3 - We'll spend the entire day on the River and Ocean enjoying your choice of beaches, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, fishing or dolphin and whale watching (all possible in the same day) before returning to town for a dinner of fresh caught fish at Sierpe's best restaurant.  The night time return to SDP will include some nocturnal crocodile and bird watching.


Day 4 - After a final tour of the SDP property and a visit to the Cocoa Farm properties, we'll return to Sierpe for breakfast before you catch your 10:30 flight back to San Jose.


Additional 1 day activities include:  full or half day diving around Cano Island (considered Costa Rica's best), additional day fishing the river or ocean, day tour to Corcovado National Park (multi-day trekking options are available as well), mountain bike or ATV tour from from SDP through Miramar mountains to Drake Bay, trip to nearby town of Uvita for shopping, spas, 18 hole golf course, beaches, and gourmet dining, canopy tour, horseback riding, and waterfall tour.


Additional multi-day activities include:  multiple day stay at a Drake Bay eco-lodge, kayak/camp trip up and down entirety of Sierpe River, trip to the mountains for specialized birding, coffee planation tour, white-water rafting, or trout fishing, trip to Dominical, Matapalo, or Pavones areas for beaches and world class surfing.

Approaching twilight over Sierpe River
Costaner Fila mountains from lot #16Cassidy's Best Value Lot:
Lot #16 "La Hacienda"
Located on the opposite side of the wetland preserve from the front ridge and bordering the public road to the west, "La Hacienda" is a property well befitting of it's Spanish name - The Estate.  Set atop a gently sloping hill, lot 16 contains a massive building footprint that is elevated between 8 to12 meters above the surrounding land.  Because of this elevation, views of the Costanera Fila and Talamanca mountain ranges rise above the wetland preserve and are readily visible to the north.  Off to the east and the south views of primary rainforest and the Miramar mountain ranges dominate the skyline.  Given the large building footprint, this lot is well suited for a two-story structure.  Additionally, there is room for a small guest cabina on one of two small knolls extending off the main building site.  This is a very large lot in total acreage (2.5), thus presenting unlimited potential in terms of landscaping and planting.
Priced at $77,500 and eligible for the two remaining pre-sale discounts, "La Hacienda" is a best value lot.
mountain views from lot #16  Views of Diquis valley from lot #16
Sunrise over the river from Sierpe del Pacifico